Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   Over his 21 years in public broadcasting, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and more recently the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's NextGeneration project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists, and has been a guest faculty at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and four cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the years with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento here:

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An online apartment locator and rental advisement service ranks Oregon first among states where it may be more affordable to rent than buying a home.

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JOB TITLE: KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow

JOB SUMMARY: The KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow will be responsible for covering topics associated with diversity, including race, access, class differences and culture in this unique fellowship program.

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Heavy winter storms damaged structures at the Oregon Country Fair site in Veneta this year. And KLCC’s own booth is no exception.

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Women veterans lag behind men when it comes to signing up for their benefits, according to a state official.

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A portrait exhibit of Oregon women who’ve served in the military is open today and Monday at the state Capitol.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s to highlight women’s contributions to the nation.

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The trade war between the U.S. and China has affected many agricultural growers, and the hazelnut industry is no exception.

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Women have been secretly video-recorded while walking across the Oregon State University campus lately, warn officials.

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Eugene’s low-income residents can soon get improved -and more accessible- care for their teeth and gums.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the White Bird Clinic is building a new dental facility.

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The newly-passed Disaster Relief Bill is headed to President Trump’s desk.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, $11 million has been set aside for hazelnut farmers affected by storms in 2018 and 2019.

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Police presence was stepped up at South Eugene High School today, following a potential threat that a student received. After some investigation, the social media message turned out to be what authorities call “a misguided attempt at humor”. 

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A threat left on a whiteboard caused the evacuation of a building on the Oregon State University campus today.

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says he’s calling for a “grassroots juggernaut” to protect women’s access to abortion services.

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Roughly 60 activists gathered in Eugene’s Park Blocks Friday afternoon to rally against fossil fuel projects.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there was even some environmental theater.

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Beachgoers beware.  The incoming tide is bringing in scores of jelly-like critters with distinct sails, scattering them across the Oregon coastline.

In this edition we discuss the late Oregon Senator Jackie Winters, who died this week prompting tributes from fellow lawmakers.  We also discuss Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden's response to Robert Mueller's statement on the Russian investigation, Lane County's annual Homeless Point In Time count, efforts to ban plastic bags statewide, gourmet smores, and a 65-year-old radioactive lizard's latest film. Join KLCC News Reporters Brian Bull and Chris Lehman, Morning Edition host Anni Katz, and Diversity Fellow Melorie Begay for our weekly podcast, the Northwest Passage.

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The modern American diet – with its on-the-shelf processed foods in grocery stores, Big Macs and Doritos Locos Tacos at drive-through eateries – has sparked super-sized health problems. That’s bad in itself, but data shows Native Americans suffer higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease than the general population, and diet is a factor.

There’s been a push among tribes to promote traditional, indigenous foods to offset these issues, as well as instill cultural identity among members.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this effort isn’t without its challenges.

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President Trump is not innocent of obstructing justice, and the Special Counsel who spent two years investigating him made that clear today, according to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. 

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If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli movies like “My Neighbor Tortoro” or “Kikki’s Delivery Service”, then Travel Oregon’s recent tourism videos have likely intrigued you. But they may be coming to an end.

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More than $9 billion would be freed up to dredge and maintain the nation’s ports and harbors, under a bill pushed by Oregon Democratic Congressman, Peter DeFazio.

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Tourism in Oregon has created over 115,000 jobs in the state, with 11,000 of those in Lane County. 

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Recent footage of a mother black bear and her cub captured on a webcam near Lane Community College in South Eugene has spurred both wonder and caution. 

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In 2021 - for the first time ever - the United States will host the International Association of Athletics Federations’ World Eugene.

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Recent abortion bans and restrictions in states like Alabama have fired up reproductive rights advocates across the U.S.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, activists in Eugene took part in protests today.

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A group wants Lane County commissioners to use their authority to put two issues before voters next year.


Following a four-week shutdown of the eastbound Interstate 105 ramp in downtown Eugene that starts Monday (5/20), another one will start June 24th. 

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A new courthouse for Lane County is on Tuesday’s ballot.

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After a two-month reprieve, construction crews will finally shut down a major route that’ll affect Eugene traffic beginning Monday.

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A landfill south of Eugene saw two fires just days apart, recently. Officials aren’t sure of the cause, but suspect lithium batteries are the likeliest culprits. 

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A fowl saboteur is behind this morning’s power outage in southeast Eugene.

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President Trump’s self-declared business savvy suffered recently when a New York Times article deduced he lost over a billion dollars in a decade.  His losses in the late 80s through the mid 90s were enough that the real estate mogul avoided paying taxes.